Category Archives: Owner Stories

HANSE 415 – CRUISING THE PACIFIC ISLANDS

Part 1 of 2: Jeremy and Anne Thatcher from New Zealand are poised, ready to embrace the cruising lifestyle with the Pacific Circuit Rally. After 18 months of preparation and planning, their Hanse 415 ‘Athair’ is in prime condition for their first extended ocean voyage to the beautiful Pacific Islands.     The couple joined …

Dehler 42C – A Trilogy of Owners

They say good things come in threes and the new Dehler 42C aptly named ‘Trilogy’, the third boat of three owners, is no exception.   This sailing mad, trio from Melbourne purchased a Hanse 355 seven years ago.  Part owner, Peter Fitzgerald says, ‘we loved our Hanse, but we got the seven-year itch and started …

Hanse 385 Mell Bass Strait Circumnavigation

First time Hanse owners Joan and Adrian MacQuarrie were a little apprehensive when they chose the notorious Bass Strait for their maiden voyage at sea but it wasn’t what they expected.     The legendary hazardous seas and strong winds were nowhere to be seen. Instead, they were greeted by calm waters and light breezes which made for …

Athair Adventurers

OUTDOOR ADVENTURERS TAKE TO THE OCEAN ON A HANSE Jeremy and Anne Thatcher’s 415 ‘Athair’, has become a central part of their active and adventurous lifestyle. After meeting in Las Vegas while mountain biking, US born Anne moved to Jeremy’s homeland of New Zealand, the perfect country to pursue a shared love of the outdoors …

THE HANSE 385 – A PERFECT FIT FOR SAILING CONDITIONS IN NEW ZEALAND

Nicki Jenkins and Paul Skelton saw the Hanse 385 at Windcraft in Auckland and instantly fell in love with her. Since taking ownership she has exceeded expectations and proven her strength and reliability in all conditions from the challenges of Cook Straight to competitive racing from Waikawa Bay, in the Marlborough Sound South Island NZ. …

A FAMILY AFFAIR WITH SAILING

‘Audacious’ by name, this Hanse 370 loving family are also audacious by nature. Kirk, Melissa, and Gemma Watson have put themselves through their yachting paces over the years conquering challenging and changing priorities along the way. Kirk has spent most of his life in and around boats. Growing up on Scotland Island he went to …

Around the World on a Hanse 445

Sailing over 17,000 miles in 21 months with a non-sailing wife (who also preferred not to swim!!)  didn’t deter John Colebourne  from chasing a dream and wanting to tick a few things off the bucket list.   Luckily, wife Shelly was up for the adventure and after 9 months of meticulous planning they picked up their …

Hanse 445 Owners Live the Dream

They say you regret the things you don’t do… but is this Lunacy? Lunacy is the name of Mat and Ally Shepherd’s new Hanse 445.   Why? Well is it crazy to sell your house, buy a yacht and plan a 6 month trip up the East Coast of Australia with 3 young children?   Or …

Nick Black Sails the World on a Hanse 445

Nick Black Sails the World on a Hanse 445 Ever wondered what cruising around the world on a Hanse 445 would be like?   Follow Nick on his Hanse 445 Charm Offensive as he entertains us with stories about life at sea and crossing oceans.   Check out his Gopro video!   Provisions and the …